Texas Senate Introduces S.B. 1252 to Secure Border
This is not immigration as America knew it, when men and women made a conscious choice to turn their backs on their native lands and cross the ocean to become Americans. This is an invasion, the greatest invasion in history. – Pat Buchanan, State of Emergency
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation. – Ronald Reagan
The economic impact of illegal immigration on taxpayers is catastrophic – Ric Keller
A bill (S.B. 1252) has been introduced in the Texas Senate that is designed to give Texas jurisdiction to enforce federal laws on illegal immigration. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), provided the following Statement of Intent in the bill:
To stop illegal alien-criminals at the border. Texas must have jurisdiction to enforce federal laws. Texas can obtain this authority through an interstate compact with at least one other state and the approval of the United States Congress.
The State of Texas could obtain jurisdiction to enforce federal, illegal immigration laws as long as it can get another state to join in an interstate compact. I’m thinking Arizona will jump at the opportunity to enter into a “Border Security Interstate Compact” with Texas.
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Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution acknowledges that states will enter into compacts, which is why Section 10 requires some compacts to be approved by Congress. The key to Article I, Section 10 is that Congress can approve an interstate compact without the president. If Congress approves an interstate compact between Texas and _______, there is no recourse for the Obama administration besides filing a lawsuit in federal court.
Congress’ approval means any compact Texas enters into to secure its southern border will become federal law, which means states will have relevant, federal jurisdiction. What the proposed bill does is give the governor of Texas the authority to develop and enter into a “Border Security Interstate Compact.” Such a compact is the most feasible avenue to gaining the necessary authority to stop the invasion on America’s southern border.